UK businesses prepare to supply world's biggest wind farm

05.12.2016 12:00

Potential suppliers for a new offshore windfarm that will be the largest in the world, Hornsea Project One, gathered in Grimsby, on 30 November, to learn more about opportunities to be involved.

 

DONG Energy, who will construct the 174-turbine windfarm 120km off the Yorkshire Coast, organised the event to introduce new suppliers both to the project, and also to larger (Tier One) suppliers they are already working with.

 

Duncan Clark, Hornsea Project One Programme Director said: "This project is huge, it's the biggest windfarm ever to be built, so as it progresses we want to ensure there are as many opportunities for UK businesses to benefit as possible.

 

"It's great to see so many contractors in the UK building up their capabilities to provide for the growing offshore wind industry, so we organised this event to give potential suppliers an idea of what's available, and the standards we expect.

 

"Today's event allowed us to speak directly with companies who want to be involved and also introduce them to some of our Tier One suppliers who we've partnered with before. There was lots of interest and I saw many business cards being swapped so I think overall it's been a success."

 

DONG Energy is building a multi-million pound hub in Grimsby from which it will operate its current and future windfarms off the East Yorkshire Coast. The company has pledged to invest £6 billion in the Humber region by 2019.

 

Emma Toulson, Business Development Manager for Humberside LEP said: "It's really encouraging to see companies like DONG Energy invest in the region and give local businesses the information they need to be part of the project. We've been pleased by the major developments in our town, providing lots of opportunities for local people, jobs and generally bringing prosperity to the local area."

 

Dan Rice is a Contract Manager at London-based J. Murphy & Sons Limited, who will lay over 350,000m of onshore cable for the project along a 38km route.

 

He said: "This is the fifth project that we've partnered with DONG Energy on, and it's the biggest yet. Hornsea Project One is a massive opportunity. Events like this are fantastic to bring in the local supply chain, and with the work we've got out there there's plenty of potential for suppliers to come work with us."